Historic ruins

Ruins are the remains of human-made architecture: structures that were once complete, as time went by, have fallen into a state of partial or complete disrepair, due to lack of maintenance or deliberate acts of destruction. Natural disaster, war and depopulation are the most common root causes, with many structures becoming progressively derelict over time due to long-term weathering and scavenging.

There are famous ruins all over the world, from ancient sites in China, the Indus valley and Judea to Zimbabwe in Africa, ancient Greek, Egyptian and Roman sites in the Mediterranean basin, and Incan and Mayan sites in the Americas. Ruins are of great importance to historians, archaeologists and anthropologists, whether they were once individual fortifications, places of worship, houses and utility buildings, or entire villages, towns and cities. Many ruins have become UNESCO World Heritage Sites in recent years, to identify and preserve them as areas of outstanding value to humanity.

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    Castle (Ruins), Zinkiv

    It is interesting that the castle had the shape of an equilateral triangle, each side of which was on 85 meters. At each corner of the buildings were hexagonal tower. Zenkovsky castle towering above the river Ushytsya, on the other hand it did impregnable wide and deep ravine.

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    Castle Hill, Turov

    Castle Hill in Turov town in the Zhytkavichy District of Gomel Region of Belarus and the former capital of the medieval Principality of Turov and Pinsk.

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    Castle Kmitas (Ruins), Dabrowka Starzenska

    In the village Ajuga Starzenska are the ruins of the castle Kmitas (XV century). Ruins surrounded by a large park with old trees, and the well-preserved hornbeam alley. According to folk tales castle was supposed to build Queen Bona for governor Firleja.

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    Castle Muszyna (Ruins)

    Castle Muszyna - the ruins of a medieval castle in Muszyna in Nowy Sacz County, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, in southern Poland.

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    Castle on Island (Ruins), Krylow

    There are ruins of the castle on an island on the Bug River. The castle was built in the 14th century by J. Ostrorog, the castellan of Poznan.

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    Castle Uchanski (Ruins), Uchanie

    Castle Uchanski was build after 1470 years. Now Castle is ruined. Castle Uchanski located in Uchanie village in Hrubieszow County, Lublin Voivodeship, in eastern Poland.

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    Catalhoyuk (Çatalhöyük) was a very large Neolithic and Chalcolithic proto-city settlement in southern Anatolia, which existed from approximately 7500 BC to 5700 BC, and flourished around 7000 BC. It is the largest and best-preserved Neolithic site found to date. In July 2012, it was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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    Cetatea Lita Fortress (Ruins)

    Cetatea Lita is a medieval fortress built on a cliff above the valley again. Documented in 1324 under the name "Castrum leta", the city had a very troubled past

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    Chaco Culture National Historical Park

    Chaco Culture National Historical Park is a United States National Historical Park hosting the densest and most exceptional concentration of pueblos in the American Southwest. The park is located in northwestern New Mexico, between Albuquerque and Farmington, in a remote canyon cut by the Chaco Wash.

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    Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park

    Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Parkis is located in Panchmahal district in Gujarat, India. It is located around the historical city of Champaner, a city which was built by Sultan Mahmud Begada of Gujarat.

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    Chogha Zanbil

    Chogha Zanbil is an ancient Elamite complex in the Khuzestan province of Iran. It is one of the few existent ziggurats outside of Mesopotamia.

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    Chonkovce Castle (Ruins)

    Chonkovce Castle (Ruins). Castle is mentioned in 1418, however, this is the last mention of the castle.

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    Chortkiv Castle (Ruins)

    Chortkiv Castle dates from 1610, when Chortkiv and whole Western Ukraine were part of Polish Kingdom) and is situated on the top of a hill on the bank of the river Seret, which flows south through Chortkiv and is a tributary of Dniester.

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    Cicava Castle (Ruins)

    Cicava Castle was built in 1309-1316. The castle did not survive the last Rakoczis rebellion in 1711 when it was damaged. Cicava Castle (Ruins).

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    Cilurnum (Chester's Roman For), Hadrian's Wall

    Cilurnum or Cilurvum was a fort on Hadrian's Wall mentioned in the Notitia Dignitatum. It is now identified with the fort found at Chesters near the village of Walwick, Northumberland, England. It was built in 123 AD, just after the wall's completion.

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    Cimburk Castle (Ruins)

    Ruins of a castle founded at the turn of the 13th century. The castle was built as the residence of the Lords of Cimburk. Over the centuries the castle changed owners numerous times.

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    Colonial forum of Tarraco

    The colonial forum of Tarraco is an ancient Roman archaeological site located in the modern city of Tarragona in Spain.

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    Czorsztyn Castle (Ruins)

    The ruins of Czorsztyn Castle are located in the southernmost part of Poland in Czorsztyn (Nowy Targ County in Lesser Poland), at Czorsztyn Lake within Pieniny National Park borders. On the other side of the Czorsztyn Lake is located Niedzica Castle.

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    Damasd Castle (Ruins)

    Damasd Castle (Ruins). The Damasd castle is mentioned for the first time in 1361, as a hunting palace of the king.